We are working on a cross-border telemedicine solution where the participating hospitals will need to share patient data amongst themselves and with their counterparts overseas. I think a decentralized storage network might be a good fit for this project given that we’re planning to use Ether or even Bitcoin (lightning micropayments perhaps) to facilitate easy and fast cross-border payments and data hacks have been a big problem for the healthcare industry in the US costing it $6.2B last year.
I estimate (liberally) we would need exchange about 100TB of patient data b/w hospitals in the first year and would need the ability to set advanced permission controls over the data. Would be great if someone if from the community or the Protocol Labs team can help answer some questions.
What is the estimated launch date for Filecoin and how much space in the storage market can we . estimate over let’s say the first 6 months of launch? What is the estimated cost of storage and download/upload speeds?
Assuming Filecoin is not launching anytime soon, is it possible to work with IPFS in the interim and upgrade to Filecoin as it is available?
* If yes, how does one ensure and manage replication of the data (many pieces on many nodes) and why would other IPFS nodes make copies of the data and how do I managing encryption/description and access control to the data? * If no, what alternative do we have other than waiting?
Are there any projects using IPFS as a storage/data-sharing solution for large files?
And just curious, how much data is stored over IPFS right now?
Since we’re working with developing countries were Health IT is in its infancy, I think decentralized tech would be easier to deploy than a place like US where it would need to replace existing infrastructure.